Blast Pen 12

Blast Pen 12 from an Aerial Photograph of the Airfield from May 1947
Historic England
Blast Pen 12 from an Aerial Photograph of the Airfield from April 2020
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  • Pen 12 is the most southerly of the pens on the western side of the airfield and faces east.
  • Today, the pen is complete apart from the front brick walls of each arm and the entire centre wall section.
  • The pen is of the smaller type found at Kenley, the original two bays would have been approximately 16.5m x 16.5m each.
  • Large steel doors secure the all three doorways.
  • All three doorways have single-element lintels.
  • The rear retaining wall is of concrete construction, XXm long and XXm thick at the top. It has a slope of 10-12 degrees and is XXm tall at it’s highest point.
  • Access to the rear doorway is via a concrete slope faced by a single thickness brick cladding.
  • Each bay has a soakaway drain situated in the interior corner where the side wall meets the rear. A drainage channel of 0.25m width runs the length of the side wall and leads into the drain.
  • There is a rectangular concrete construction on the left arm which would have housed an anti-aircraft machine gun.

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